Gavin Kaysen will get local with a new restaurant, Demi

Spoon and Stable owner and chef Gavin Kaysen was named the 2018 Best Chef Midwest by the James Beard Foundation // Photo by Matt Lien

Spoon and Stable owner and chef Gavin Kaysen, who was named the 2018 Best Chef Midwest by the James Beard Foundation, is opening a new restaurant called Demi // Photo by Matt Lien

Chef-owner Gavin Kaysen is among the few who set the bar for fine dining in Minnesota. He opened the massively ambitious Spoon and Stable in 2014 and was swamped with buckets of accolades; Bellecour, which followed in 2017, has similarly garnered good reviews and upped the game for dining in the western suburbs.

Both spots sport a glossy cosmopolitan sheen—they could as easily be located in London, or New York, or Copenhagen, or Tokyo. Not so with Soigné Hospitality Group’s newest restaurant, Demi. Slated to open in early 2019, the 20-seat, tasting menu-driven Demi will be located a stone’s throw from Spoon and Stable (at 212 North Second Street, Suite 100, Minneapolis) but represent a philosophical departure.

“It’ll be a restaurant that’s focused on Northern, local cuisine,” says Kaysen in a promotional video for the new space. In that regard, the new spot may feel closer to ninetwentyfive (Lenny Russo’s new spot in Wayzata) or Corner Table than it does to its globetrotting cousins.

As per an interview with Rick Nelson of the Star Tribune, Demi’s kitchen will be headed by Spoon and Stable chef de cuisine Adam Ritter, and its general manager will be Spoon and Stable server Tristan Pitre.